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Courtesy of John Beech
Person Details
Lenton, Nottingham
Albert was born in the second quarter of 1898 and was the son of Albert, a labourer and Susan Eliza Royston (nee Beech) On 1901 Census he is living with his parents and siblings - Violet Georgina, Rosina, James George Harald and Walter Baden at 10 Tyne Street, Lenton. His father is listed as a labourer in a creosote works On 1911 Census he is living with his parents and siblings - Violet Georgina, Rosina, James George Harald, Walter Baden, Susan Eliza, Willie and Doris Winifred at 18 Ashwell Street, Hyson Green. Albert is still at school and his father is now a carter at a brewery
It is possible that Albert was working as a labourer before enlisting as there is an entry in the 1916 Wright´s Directory of Nottingham for Albert Royston at 18 Ashwell Street, Hyson Green and his father was already dead.
01 Jul 1916
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810445 - CWGC Website
1935
Albert was still living at 18 Ashwell Street, Hyson Green when he enlisted
Private
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Based on Albert's serial number, 1935, he appears to have enlisted around February 1914, making him 15 when he enlisted. He went to France with the original draft on 23rd February 1915 still prior to his 17th birthday and technically too young to serve overseas. He served in 10 Platoon, C Company; and was a bomb thrower Albert would have been involved the actions at the Hohenzollern Redoubt between the 13th - 19th October 1915 He was killed at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 shortly after his 18th birthday. Reported in the Red Cross enquiry list of 1st September 1916 as missing as of 1st July 1916 He is commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval - Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A As Albert was listed as missing, he was still allocated a new six digit number, 265246, in March 1917
Albert Royston sr. was born in Nottingham in September 1861 On the 1881 Census he is shown as a Private in the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot. This became the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in the 1881 Cardwell Reforms Susan Eliza Beech was born 13th December 1867 in Bushy Heath, Hertfordshire and was baptised 8th March 1868. His parents married in the second quarter of 1889 On the 1891 Census, they are living at 55 Park Hill Road, Toxteth, Liverpool and Albert is employed as a railway porter Albert Royston died third quarter 1914 and Susan Royston died first quarter 1932
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    1935 private Albert Royston - Thiepval Memorial Courtesy of John Beech
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    Thiepval Memorial - Photo Courtesy of John Beech